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The Singing Knives: Poemsby Frank Stanford
Frank Stanford was an Arkansas poet who died in 1978 at the age of 29. Thankfully, much of his work has been preserved and republished since then, despite the poet's shamefully small audience. His work is like a dark, gothic country song full of yearning and strange hallucinatory language. The Singing Knives is one of his most startling.
Synopses & Reviews
Poetry. THE SINGING KNIVES, originally published in 1971 by Broughton's Mill Mountain Press, is Frank Sanford's first collection of poetry. Reprinted by his own press, Lost Roads Publisher, after his death, THE SINGING KNIVES, debuts the work of a twenty-something year old boy way ahead of his time and in a state of unrest, capturing "poetry's more primal and mysterious possibilities"-David Clewell. "It is astonishing to me that I was not even aware of this superbly accomplished and moving poet. There is a great deal of pain in the poems, but it is a pain that makes sense, a tragic pain whose meaning rises from the way the poems are so firmly molded and formed from within"- James Wright.
"In short, The Singing Knives might be best described as:
Quentin Tarantino, David Lynch and Jim Jarmusch collaborate to direct and write a script for a psychological thriller about fishing, hunting and butchering starring the cast of the grown up little rascals who have matured into bloodthirsty criminals." Victor Schnickelfritz, The Great American Pinup
"It is astonishing to me that I was not even aware of this superbly accomplished and moving poet. There is a great deal of pain in the poems, but it is a pain that makes sense, a tragic pain whose meaning rises from the way the poems are so firmly molded and formed from within." James Wright
About the Author
Frank Stanford (August 1, 1948 - June 3, 1978) was a prolific American poet. He is most known for his epic, The Battlefield Where The Moon Says I Love You- a labyrinthine, highly lexical book absent stanzas and punctuation. In addition, Stanford published six shorter books of poetry throughout his 20s, and three posthumous collections of his writings (as well as a book of selected poems) have also been published. Just shy of his 30th birthday, Stanford died on June 3, 1978 in his home in Fayetteville, Arkansas, the victim of three self-inflicted pistol wounds to the heart. In the three decades since, he has become somewhat of a cult figure in American letters.
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